Will he stay or will he go?
Well, if you still think Bosh will leave after reading this article, you're not a complete idiot.
But if you think that he will leave via free agency, you are a complete imbecile.
Allow me to explain.
You see, Bosh has proven he cares about the city of Toronto, the country of Canada, his Canadian fans, and the Raptors as a franchise.
One of the most recent examples was when he helped in the acquisition of Hedo Turkoglu. Bosh called Turkoglu and told him he should come play with him and the Raptors, and he stressed how Toronto is a wonderful community and that the team has a lot of great guys.
Why would Bosh leave when he obviously is taking initiative to improve this team? He could have just sat through another bad season and left. That's what LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are doing—they treat their teams as just the team they are playing for.
Bosh has initiative and doesn't treat his career like most NBA players do. He looks at the team as supporting Canada and the fans. He knows the fans appreciate him, and he wants to repay them.
Bosh looks at it like this: Why should I go to a good team with good players when I can turn this team into a good one by bringing some of those players here?
I, up until now, was actually all for Bosh leaving. I was one of his critics.
This has made me realize I'm a huge Bosh fan, not because he's a good player, but because he actually has as much passion as Jay Triano, Bryan Colangelo, and the rest of the Raptors staff in trying to make this team better.
That ultimately elevates him to being the face of the all-time franchise, putting him over top of Vince Carter. But that is another story for another time.
If Bosh were to leave, he would lose a friend in Turkoglu and insult him. That might even make him lose a few more friends, like Dwight Howard. That decision not only affects Bosh on the court, but also off of it.
Jarrett Jack was another acquisition of the Raptors and a best friend on and off the court of Bosh. Bosh can throw that friendship away if he were to leave, once again affecting his personal life.
Andrea Bargnani signed an extension this summer, and two huge factors were that he got along with his teammates and felt there was a lot of chemistry on and off the court. He also felt that a starting tandem of him and Bosh could dominate the frontcourt of the NBA, or at least do very well.
If Bosh were to leave, he would lose the friendship of Bargnani, Jose Calderon, and Marco Belinelli, because they would all feel insulted if Bosh left.
How much would Bosh tamper with his personal life?
Triano will work his nut off this season to get the right guys and combinations on the court at the same time and to get the most out of each player. He, along with the rest of the Raptors staff, will work to the best of their abilities to get guys to flourish and improve on the court.
Bosh leaving would insult Triano as a person and as a coach, not to mention it would insult the rest of the Raptors' coaching staff and management. This is affecting a lot of people when you think about it.
Colangelo and Co. have worked hard to increase the chances of Bosh staying and improve this team to the best of their ability. If Bosh left, this would insult Colangelo and all the staff's careers and relationships with Bosh.
However, the biggest insult would be to the people who help pay Bosh's salary—the people who give all their affection at a game.
Yes, I'm talking about the fans.
If Bosh has learned anything from Carter, it's not to insult the fans, especially Southern Ontarians.
So, have you changed your mind about Bosh's decision?
I think Bosh has changed Bosh's decision, if he's thought all this through. I don't understand why Bosh would leave. But if he does, the moves will affect Bosh's personal life.
Also, prepare for the post-Bosh era, because it's a win-win situation in my opinion. Bosh staying is a bonus, but not a necessity at this point. However, I think Bosh should stay, and I would love him to.
So, Bosh, what's it going to be?
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